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Second officer posting $1 million bond in child's murder

5 years 9 months 3 days ago Wednesday, January 20 2016 Jan 20, 2016 January 20, 2016 3:50 PM January 20, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones
Image: (L) Norris Greenhouse Jr., (R) Derrick Stafford

MARKSVILLE - Authorities say one of the Marksville officers accused of shooting and killing a 6-year-old boy during a police pursuit and injuring the boy's father is in the process of bonding out of jail.

Sheriff Doug Anderson of Avoyelles Parish said Derrick Stafford could be released Thursday on his $1 million bond. A judge ruled Tuesday to accept the property used to secure the bond, which was kept under seal.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., the second officer accused in the shooting, posted his $1 million bond in November. Both officers have to surrender their badges and guns as part of their bond, and remain at their homes.

The two city marshals were part of a group which pursued Christopher Few while the man was driving in Marksville. Authorities said he had his autistic son, Jeremy Mardis, in the car with him during the pursuit.

Louisiana State Police said in an affidavit that body cameras worn by one of the pursuing officers recorded Few holding his empty hands up when Stafford and Greenhouse opened fire. Mardis was killed while Few was critically injured.

Marksville officers said after the shooting that they were trying to serve a warrant for Few, but State Police investigators never found any warrant for his arrest. LSP also said they could not find a weapon in Few's vehicle after the shooting.

A trial date for Stafford has been set for September, while Greenhouse's trial is set in November.

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